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Right to Be Deaf Series
The Tree of Oppression 16 inch by 20 inch oil on canvas $360 see enlarged picture.
Description about the painting:
I am working on a series "Right to Be Deaf," Painting No. 7, "The Tree of Oppression."
This painting is inspired by Frida Kahlo's "Ford Hospital" and Jacob Lawrence's "The Ordeal of Alice" and David Call's "Me Your Mother" and the Saint Sebastian.
These are motifs in the painting that focuses on De'VIA Deaf experiences.
1. Mother of All Deaf Souls, inspired by David Call, is an affirmative motif- natural sign language, strength, purity, Deaf birthright, preservation of Deaf communities for generations to come. Mother of All Deaf Souls is a mythical fertile mother of all Deaf Souls.
2. Blue Tape-is a resistance motif, refers to tied down, audism, and oppression.
3. Hook -is a resistance motif, means attacking, harming, trying to kill or stop or destroy.
4. Chopped Hand -is a resistance motif, means American Sign Language prohibited.
5. Body Hole-is a resistance motif, means black hole on Deaf bodies, Deaf Disempowerment, Identity taken away. Feeling “gone.”
The painting overall, explains that, the Mother of All Deaf Souls, tied to the evil tree of Audism, she is suffering the pain, pierced with double fishing hooks and blue taped around arms and body. One hand is chopped off because